Rock and roll trio The Figgs have released their 12th (!) studio album, On The Slide. Coming just a year after their acclaimed Other Planes Of Here LP, the new album continues the band’s evolution from their origins as amped-up guitar-driven rockers to perfecters of concise cosmic pop. As ever, the band is tight as hell, adorning On The Slide‘s 10 tracks with minimal overdubs – some guitar textures, harmonies, and/or a subtle synthesizer or traditional keyboard part (including some nice solos by recent auxiliary member Ted Collins). “Just The Facts” finds the band at their funkiest, while “Open G Capo Position 3” bears some ’70s prog rock influence (and I mean that in the best possible way). “Connecting Brains” is based on a jagged guitar riff, but still remains mellow; a wholly phased-out jam that sets the tone for the album. The Figgs will tour sporadically through the summer and into fall, so check out dates here. On The Slide is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digital download.
The great Late Cambrian continue their journey down the electroad with their mesmerizing track “Thanks For Your Time,” the third single from their forthcoming EP. Kicking off with a riff straight out of a ’70s TV cop drama, the track then fuzzes and buzzes its way on a slow roll through the following decade, picking up elements from the best of ’80s radio pop. A “Thriller” bass line here, a U2 melody there, a Human League synth punching through… and it all resolves in a distinctly Late Cambrian chorus.
Hey, San Francisco! We know you love good music and a good cause, and with Dangermaker‘s upcoming benefit concert at The Milk Bar, you can combine your two loves into one awesome night. Hosted by Breakup Records, the concert will also feature performances from Sea Dramas, Sweetwater Black, and Margaret The King, with all proceeds going towards the 27th annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair this June. You can find more information here, and view a flyer below. (more…)
Indie pop-rock outfit (and OurStage members) HAIM have released the official music video for their latest single, “The Wire.”
Adding a role-reversal twist to the typical relationship themed visual, HAIM spend “The Wire” breaking up with the men in their lives. By doing so, the girls of HAIM send their ex-partners spiraling into emotional turmoil, which makes for a hilarious accompaniment to the toe-tapping goodness of the single. You can view the video below.
HAIM’s new album, Days Are Gone, hits stores September 30. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “The Wire.” (more…)
Indie pop French outfit Phoenix have been teasing new material since the beginning of 2013, and not long ago fans finally got their first taste of those songs.
Hitting the internet sometime in the last twenty-four hours, “Entertainment” is the first song to be released by Phoenix this year. The song is the opening track for the band’s forthcoming release, Bankrupt!, which is currently scheduled to hit shelves in the U.S. on April 23 and the U.K. on April 22 via Loyaute/Glassnote Records.
You can view the official lyric video for “Entertainment” below. The song, as well as the rest of Bankrupt!, was produced by Phillippe Zdar and mixed on the same board that helped create Michael Jackson’s Thriller. (more…)
After digging through cached images and code in The Strokes’ official website, one Reddit user claimed that he discovered the name and artwork of the band’s upcoming album. The artwork, which is a stark red cover in the style of an old-school RCA tape reel box, features the words Comedown Machine directly underneath the name of the band. The user also reported that several visitors to who had attempted to listen to the band’s new single were directed to a URL that also featured the words “comedownmachine.” Now, following the Reddit scoop, The Strokes’ website features the red artwork prominently displayed behind a stream of the band’s single. The band has also just announced that the album will be released on March 26 through RCA. Once again, Reddit wins at the Internet.
If you can’t wait for the new album, check out OurStage members The Black Rabbits.
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You spoke, we listened, and now the results are in. The winner of the Ernie Ball Indie Pop competition, and a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball is Jes Hudak.
Buoyed by her success on Bravo’s Platinum Hit, and gaining a faithful following in the land down under, Hudak has amassed a fan base that extends much further than Australia. How did she do it? The answer is apparent in her winning song, “All Mine,” which received massive praise in the Indie Pop Channel last month.
But this victory should come as no surprise to longtime fans of Hudak’s talent, not to mention regular Plugged In readers. After all, it wasn’t that long ago we featured her as our Pro Artist of the Week.
You can check out “All Mine” below.
In anticipation of the January 29 release of their seventh LP, Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara are streaming a new song from the record entitled “Shock To Your System,” via Vanity Fair. According to Sara Quin, the song was written during the depths of winter in Montreal and the lyrics are an interior dialogue between the part of me that was transfixed by my loneliness and the other part of me that was ready to get over it. With thumping drums, swelling synths, and the twins’ mesmerizing vocals, the song is another stunner, portending good things for Heartthrob. Check out the new tune here.
Check out OurStage act Vic and Gab if you can’t wait for the new Tegan and Sara album.
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Each month OurStage and Ernie Ball team up to reward one talented, hardworking artist within the OurStage community with a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball. This month the spotlight is on the Indie Pop channel, and while we could listen to the artists all day (and do!) we need the help of you, the fans, to help us decide who to give this incredible prize to. So head over to the Indie Pop channel and get voting in the Ernie Ball Indie Pop competition!
Indie label No Sleep Records have released the first of a series of compilations just in time for the holiday season. No Sleep till the Holidays contains five songs, four of which are by artists off their roster. Click here to listen now and download the compilation for free! Tracklisting is as follows:
1. Long Lost – “You Can Always Come Home” (Joe B of Transit)
2. Allison Weiss – “December”
3. TS and The Past Haunts – “I Eat You”
4. Major League – “This Holiday”
5. Young Statues – “I Don’t Wanna Know What’s Under Your Tree”
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